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Mukroh Firing: Meghalaya To Set Up BOP Along Assam Borders; Lifts Internet Ban

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On Sunday, Assam lifted travel restrictions and allowed vehicles to enter Meghalaya
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Border row: Second phase of talks on 6 remaining disputed areas along Assam-Meghalaya by Jun-Jul
Both Assam and Meghalaya CM | file

Guwahati: Meghalaya government has decided to set up border outposts in sensitive areas along the inter-state borders with Assam.

The decision was taken in an all-party meeting in Shillong on Monday where chief minister Conrad K Sangma interacted with the state’s lawmakers, a week after the violence along the Assam-Meghalaya border claimed six lives.

Last week, violence broke out in the Mukroh area bordering Meghalaya’s West Jaintia hills and Assam’s West Karbi Anglong districts. Six people including one forest guard from Assam were killed in a firing incident. Assam police and forest guards resorted to open fire when a mob from the Meghalaya side allegedly attacked security personnel from Assam.

The investigation into the case has already been given to CBI by the home ministry.

Sangma said, “Informed the political leaders that the Cabinet will sit tomorrow to finalise the list of the various Border Outposts (BOPs) that will be set up in sensitive areas.”

In the aftermath of the incident, the Assam government has also asked the home and forest department to prepare a standard operating procedure (SOP) for using lethal weapons by security personnel in inter-state bordering areas.

Meanwhile, the Meghalaya government on Monday lifted the suspension on mobile internet services across seven districts of the state.

On Sunday, Assam lifted travel restrictions and allowed vehicles to enter Meghalaya. However, heavy security remained deployed at the disputed area along the Assam-Meghalaya border. Restrictions under Section 144 of CrPC too continued at the clash site and surrounding areas.

For years, both Assam and Meghalaya have been engaged in border disputes in some 12 areas. Out of them, an ongoing border dialogue between the two states has already resolved disputes in six areas.

Though the second round of discussion regarding the remaining six disputed areas including the areas where violence had broken out was slated to be held within this month, an uncertain delay prevailed due to the tension between the two states.

Meghalaya was carved out of Assam in 1972 and has since then challenged the Assam Reorganisation Act, 1971, which is recognised by Assam as its border.

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